Sgt. Mihajlo "Mehi" Basic
November 18, 1986 - November 27, 2017
Mihajlo “Mehi” Basic, age 31, a resident of Aurora, IL and formerly of Naperville, IL, passed away on November 27, 2017. He was born on November 18, 1986 in Winfield, IL.
Cherished son of Joanne (nee Russell) and Sava Basic. Fond brother-in-law, of Megan Basic-Madera and Matthew Madera. Loving uncle to Brianna Basic, Abram and Cora Madera. Beloved grandson of Ruza Sokolovic. Adored nephew of Milica (Bob) Wolfgram, Kathy (Charlie) Krikorian, Sue (Jim) Sutphen, Isabel Iturrieta. Admired cousin of Stevan and Alex Wolfgram, Allie Krikorian, Tyler, Rachel and Jacob Sutphen, Cameron and Carrington Hayes. Devoted friend to Joey Rodriguez-Styles and Sarah (Cresto) Anderson – “the Three Musketeers" and his "Boo". Preceded in death by his “True North”, his big brother, Sava Basic II; his grandfather, Bozidar Sokolovic; maternal grandparents, Richard and Mary Russell; and his paternal grandfather, Nikola Basic.
Mehi served in mission trips with his church in 2000 to Honduras and in 2005 to Juarez, Mexico.
When he was 19, he joined the U.S. Army Infantry where he attended and completed Airborne School, the legendary Ranger Indoctrination Program (RIP), Defense Language Instruction (Korean), and was one of very few individuals to be chosen to attend the Special Forces Qualification Course (Q Course) after passing the rigorous Special Forces Assessment and Selection course for soldiers aspiring to become an elite Green Beret.
He served two combat tours in Iraq with the historic 82nd Airborne Division and then with the 1st Cavalry. He will be dearly missed by all.
Visitation will be Saturday, December 2, 9:00 AM until the time of funeral services at 10:00 AM at Resurrection Church of Fox Valley, 4054 Fox Valley Drive, Aurora, IL 60504. Interment with military honors will follow at Naperville Cemetery. Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Naperville is entrusted with arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Mihajlo Basic Memorial Fund at www.reschurch.net